Loading dock takes center stage as contractors tour Garde Arts Center expansion project

A two-pronged plan to reconfigure Governor Winthrop Boulevard and renovate the Garde Arts Center’s loading area took a step forward Thursday as contractors toured the future construction site. The goal of the project is to expand space behind the 325 State St. theater to make it easier for touring productions to load and unload gear, costumes and large set pieces. The work will require shifting several underground utility lines and removing the left turn lane at the intersection of Union Street. A median running near that intersection will be widened and landscaped. A portion of a $2.7 million state Communities Challenge Grant funding, which the city received to boost downtown projects, will be used for the theater work. In order to receive the grant, the theater is required to provide $1 million in matching funds.


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